The aftermath of Sunderland’s disastrous Capital One Cup defeat last night continues to dominate the news agenda today.
The Black Cats crashed out at home to Manchester City, losing 4-1.
However, it could have been a lot worse for the Wearsiders, with City leading 4-0 at half-time
And manager Dick Advocaat has revealed he feared fans would leave the Stadium of Light in their droves, only to be pleased when they stuck with the team.
“I was a little bit scared to be honest and thought hopefully the fans will stay – and they did,” Advocaat told BBC of last night’s 4-1 loss.
Meanwhile, Advocaat’s position should not come under threat, insists former Sunderland legend Michael Gray.
The ex-defender says the Dutchman must stay in charge despite the poor start to the season.
“I used to think it was the manager’s fault but I can’t put it down to Dick Advocaat because I think he is the right man,” Gray told Talksport.
“For some reason, it frightens the players to play at the Stadium of Light.”
Elsewhere, Richard Mennear’s analysis piece, which looks at five things we learned from Sunderland’s horror show, has been trending all day.